9 Reasons why its time to move to London
As arguably the most famous city in the world, London is a place where everyone should experience city living. Some people head to our capital and make the most of the career opportunities before leaving to start a family. Some people never leave, and others couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
If it’s a move you’re considering, or have always wanted to do so, there’s no time like the present.
Here are nine reasons why now is the time to move to London.
1. The job market
First and foremost, if you’re planning on moving to further your career, the job market in the capital is continuing to grow. London currently accounts for 14% of 16+ employment in the UK and for 38% of the employment growth across the country between July 2016 and July 2017.
Whether you’re looking for a job in finance, the creative industries, trade or fashion you’ll no doubt find some great opportunities in the capital.
2. There’s history around every corner
We all know the famous sites and the tourist haunts, and you’ll probably find yourself ticking them off your list when you first move to the capital. There’s nothing wrong with that, but once you’re settled in and starting to think of yourself as a Londoner you’ll discover the hidden history around every corner.
Whether a quirky old London pub, a piece of Roman architecture or a walk along the Thames Path, a trip into the city’s past is always on the agenda.
3. It’s a feast for the foodies
Whatever cuisine you’re after, you’ll find it in London. Whether street food, renowned chefs and restaurants or simple food from afar London has it all and more.
Making sure Borough Market, Brick Lane, China Town, Covent Garden, Brixton and Islington are among your favourite food haunts will stand you in good stead for your early days in London.
4. The transport links will keep you exploring the city
The tube can be daunting at first. Yes, it’s busy at rush hour, but it means that wherever you want to go in London, you’re never usually more than around 40 minutes away. When you miss one, you know the next one will just be a few minutes; much better than a long wait at a suburban train station. The bus and night bus networks are fantastic, as are the Docklands Light Railway, Santandar Cycles (formerly ‘Boris Bikes’) and the Air Line.
5. The Educational Opportunities
London is home to some of the most important, famous and prominent universities in the country. These include King’s College London, LSE, UCL, and SOAS.
It’s not just traditional universities with some of the world’s most celebrated creative educational establishments based here including London School of Fashion and Central Saint Martins.
6. There’s green space in abundance
Often when you think of London, you think of a busy bustling city, but there are plenty of spaces to relax, unwind and get away from it all. Spending a sunny day in one of the city’s parks will quickly have you established as a Londoner, whether Hyde Park, Green Park, St. James’s Park or Regent’s Park.
Despite being a huge city, London is made up of little pockets each having their own identity. The likes of Hampstead, Dulwich and Greenwich offer residents more of a slow-paced village style, compared to the more bustling lifestyle in the likes of Bethnal Green.
7. You can shop till you drop
You’ll find the best high-street stores on Oxford Street, or more upmarket stores on Regent’s Street, or you can stroll down famous Carnaby Street, before heading over to Knightsbridge to peruse the luxury items. If you’re after the best in boutique shopping you’ll no doubt find what you’re after in either Camden, Shoreditch or Covent Garden.
If big department stores are your thing head to Selfridges, Harrods or spend a day wandering around Liberty of London.
8. London lives and breathes culture
London is the cultural melting-pot of the UK. There’s the world-renowned West End musical theatre scene, The Barbican Centre, The Globe Theatre, and The Old Vic to name just a few of the culturally significant theatres in the capital.
The city is awash with museums and art galleries including The British Museum, The Natural History Museum, The V&A Museum, The National Gallery, The Tate, and the Tate Modern.
9. There’s always something to do
And finally, you’ll never be stuck for something to do. Whether you’re after a night out with friends, cuisine from any country, a gig, a trip to the opera or just a walk along the South Bank, in London you’ll find it.
You’ll find it every day.